Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Anna Easter Brown
Erected 2011 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number E-117.)
Location. 35° 56.76′ N, 77° 46.713′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is on East Grand Avenue (State Highway 43) near Holly Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dred Wimberly (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. ĺ mile away); This Bell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thelonious Monk (approx. 0.9 miles away); Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jim Thorpe (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Regarding Anna Easter Brown. Miss Anna Easter Brown left her native West Orange,
New Jersey, to pursue her education at Howard University and Columbia University. Trained for the classroom,
In the community she was among the founders of the YWCA and a stalwart in the Episcopal church.
While at Howard, Miss Brown was among eight seniors in 1908 who joined graduate Ethel Hedgeman Lyle to found Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the first Greek-letter sorority for African American women. Brown was the first treasurer. Known for their colors, apple green and salmon pink, the sorority today maintains 403 undergraduate and 556 graduate or international chapters. Their main purpose over the years, in Miss Brownís words, was to “lift the status of Negro womanhood.” Anna Easter Brown died on March 6, 1957,
and is buried in Unity Cemetery. A wall exhibit at the YWCA honors her as does a graveside bench placed in 2008 by AKA.
Summing up her life, Miss Brown wrote, “I am not a career woman, but what greater career could one wish there to be as inspiration to her pupils? I have
Also see . . . Anna Easter Brown Marker Unveiling - YouTube. Oct 4, 2011 - 18 sec - Uploaded by AKAMARegion A historical marker honoring AKA founder, Anna Easter Brown was unveiled in Rocky Mount, NC on Oct. 1, 2011. (Submitted on October 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,240 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.